What Makes

BIG WAVES?

Big Waves works with organizations looking to take courageous steps to create a more socially, economically and environmentally just world.

Big Waves is based in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), the ancestral, unceded territory of the M’ikmaq People. Settlers and the M’ikmaq have lived in this territory under the provisions of the Peace and Friendship Treaties since 1760 and 1772. We are all Treaty People and have responsibilities to each other and this land.


Your big waves are creating a more socially, economically and environmentally just world.

And how is the world ~inside~ your organization, as you do this important work?

This is our specialty.

Working together is powerful.

Working together can be hard.

If you are working towards a better future, and you want the work to feel better, it can.


We know how that works.

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Brook Thorndycraft, MA, B.Ed., Q.Med, SEP

works from K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia) as a Mediator, Somatic Coach, Adult Educator, Facilitator, and Organizational Consultant. She has many years’ experience in the areas of conflict transformation, organizational change, adult and experiential education, and relational leadership.

Brook Thorndycraft portrait3

Brook Thorndycraft, MA, B.Ed., Q.Med

works from K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia) as a Mediator, Coach, Adult Educator, Facilitator, and Organizational Consultant. She has many years’ experience in the areas of conflict transformation, organizational change, adult and experiential education, and relational leadership.

Brook offers a blend of cognitive, embodied and creative approaches rooted in mindfulness, conflict transformation, popular education and group process, as well as systems theory.

They are a licensed mediator, a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and an M.Ed. with extensive experience in adult education. She is certified in Lewis Deep Democracy, Prosci Change Management, and the Diamond Power Index.

Brook combines these specialties, through EDI and systems theory lenses, within a trauma-informed approach, to build healthy cultures within impact organizations.

Through coaching, trainings, facilitation, and custom processes, Brook supports organizations in areas such as:

  • power, psychological safety, feedback and communication, and workplace restoration.

They are the creator of the Generative Conflict framework at the heart of her popular self-paced and cohort trainings.

Brook is a white queer person of Jewish, Austrian, and English ancestry. She brings many years of involvement in social justice work and organizing around issues including anti-racism and anti-oppression, prison justice, community healing, anti-poverty, sexual health, LGBTTIQ2SA issues, and migrant justice work. Brook comes to organizational work from a healing-centred perspective, recognizing both the individual and collective traumas that need to be healed and the importance of finding joy and connection. It’s not only about work. For her it can mean singing loudly or walking her dog on the beach.

Key training and certification:

  • MA. Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • Qualified Mediator, accredited through Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner certification, Somatic Experiencing International
  • Change Management Practitioner Certification, Prosci
  • Advanced Workplace Restoration and Workplace Fairness Assessment, Workplace Fairness Institute
  • Deep Democracy Level 4, Lewis Deep Democracy
  • Diamond Power Index 360 Certification, Diamond Leadership

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LINEAGE

While it is impossible to acknowledge all of the people and traditions who have influenced her development, the following are some of the key lineages, individuals, and communities who have nourished her practice.

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

Big Waves is committed to being in solidarity with organizations making change for a more socially, environmentally, and economically just society. The following outlines a commitment to contribute financially to those that are doing the hard work to create a better world.